International Research Conference 2022 on Household Heterogeneity and Policy Relevance


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Household Heterogeneity and Policy Relevance

The global financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing energy crisis have affected households differently depending on their socioeconomic status. In addition, households react differently to economic policies, depending on the specific constraints to which they are subject and the opportunities available to them. In general, society has become more sensitive to these distributional concerns. In this regard, recent economic analyses have documented trends in and drivers of inequality and shown the importance of household heterogeneity when it comes to ensuring the effectiveness of policy interventions. Economic models have been improved to incorporate various aspects of heterogeneity. These empirical and theoretical insights form the basis for optimal policy design that accounts for distributional concerns.

The results of several new studies on these subjects will be presented at the conference. Twelve teams of Belgian and international researchers will set out their findings, each time followed by a discussion with international experts. Our keynote speakers will be Giovanni L. Violante (Princeton University) and Amir Sufi (University of Chicago).

Date and time: 
Thursday 20 October 2022, 09:00 - Friday 21 October 2022, 17:15
Auditorium of the National Bank of Belgium, Rue Montagne aux Herbes potagères 61, 1000 Brussels
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This conference is an in-person event (no streaming).